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Anxiety and fear

Do you suffer from anxiety or fear?

 

For a lot of people it's helpful to write down and share their story. This open forum is a great place for:

 

  • Getting things off your chest.
  • Reading the stories of peers.
  • Connecting with peers and responding to stories.

 

Read the stories of other people with anxiety and fears and share your story.

 


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Story 1 - I have "Fear of Missing Out"

I'm always scared I'll miss something. If there is an activity somewhere, or I've received an invitation, want to go there, because I'm scared that it might be fun and I don't want to miss it.

Even when I feel that I need some rest and probably should stay at home on the couch, the fear of missing something can become so immense that I "have" to go.

This fear also causes that I'm continuously checking my mobile phone and facebook. It appears that there's also a name for this: Fear of Missing Out (FOMO).

It causes an almost continous anxious feeling.

I would love to feel more relaxed.


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Wow, I recognize this very much! Didn't know there was a name for it. When you find out how to deal with this, I'd love to hear some tips!


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Story 2 - I am afraid to drive a car

I am afraid to drive a car. When I drive, I often get ill. I think I am going to faint or worse and that I will lose control over the car and create a heavy accident.

When I have to drive the kids it is even worse, because I will bring them in danger too. A couple of times I really did not feel well and I had to pull over because I started to get dizzy.

Now I do not dare to drive anymore, only small distances. When I know that I have to drive a longer distance I start to feel tensed already days before. On the internet I read about panic attacks. I think I will have to find some kind of support for that.


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Story 3 - Everyday I am terrified to go outside

Everyday I am terrified to go outside and do what I need to do. I have to force myself. I feel sick and I cannot eat because then I have to throw up.

I am scared that people think it is strange, I find it also strange myself, that a grown up woman is so scared, although it doesn't make any sense, but I also lay awake at night, thinking about that I have to face everything again the next day.

It has been like this my whole life and I do not see a way out. Did already some therapies and took pills, but it didn't help. Now I started again with another kind of therapy, I hope it works this time.

Are there people who recognize this?


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Story 4 - EMDR cured me from my needle phobia.

EMDR cured me from a phobia for needles. Needles where always a disaster for me, I was terrified. Blood samples or filling caveties where almost impossible. On the internet I found an EMDR therapist that helped me to deal with the fear and after a couple of sessions I was ok to, for example, go to a dentist again.

So what I would like to share with everybody that suffers from some kind of phobia: don't keep walking around with it, do something about it! Because it is possible and will help you a lot!


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Story 5 - I was worried about everything

I was worried about everything. With everything that was going to happen, I could imagine a worst case scenario. And it felt like that was for sure going to happen, otherwise I would not imagine it, right?

Always a good reason to be worried... Untill I talked with a therapist about it who told me that I simply have a very big imagination. The fact that I can imagine something doesn't automatically mean that I have to be afraid it is going to happen.

Now I am not so often scared anymore. I can often even enjoy the creativity of my brain.


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Story 6 - A life long dental fear

My whole life I had dental fear and I had no idea where it came from. That's why I did not go to a dentist for years.

Now I go to a therapist. One of the things she did is EMDR. It's really amazing. I am not afraid anymore to go to the dentist. I am even relaxed going there! I could never have dreamed that this would happen.


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Story 7 - I am terrified of throwing up

Everyday I am very scared that somebody close to me will throw up. I am terrified for throwing up and I do not know what to do. I feel guilty and scared. Scared to be wrong. I pray everyday that my daughter will not get sick. If she gets sick, I do not dare to stay alone with her.

Nobody understands it. Me neither, I find it strange that a grown up woman is so scared, although it doesn't make any sense.

I do not know what to do. Of course I get that it is just a fear and it is not real, but I do not see a way out.

I tried some therapies already, but so far it did not work. I just started a new one, I hope this time it works.

Are there people that have the same?


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Story 8 - I am always afraid I am coming down with something

I am always afraid I am coming down with something. I feel pain everywhere. It is also like I get ill every time again. Or that something is coming up. My doctor says it's psychosomatic.

In the mean time I am often not able to go to work, or get out of bed at all. Then I have to stay home and I feel very sad for myself. Often I do not even go to see anybody anymore, because I think it is anyway no use.

Nobody understands it, also my family not. And the people at work think I am a poseur. I do not feel recognized, it's not like I am doing this on purpose!

Recognizable for someone? There must be more people feeling like this.

My house doctor advised me to do hypnotherapy. I will try it out, I am very motivated, because I want to get rid of this!


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Story 9 - I came out worse

Two years ago I went to a psychotherapist. He was not so nice and one time he even was aggressive. Really like an anger attack. He made me scared, but because I wanted the therapy to work I kept going. I got more and more down. Eventually I stopped going there, but it was really a negative experience. I really came out worse then when I started.


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I feel bad hearing that Caroline.

That psychotherapist sounds very unprofessional, that he acts out on you. That's not his place.

In my work I have experience and contat with a lot of clients and therapists, but I've never heard of a story like that.

I hope you filed a complaint againt him at the association he was registrered with.

And I hope that you feel better now (with or without the help of another therapist of counsellor)


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Story 10 - I am all the time worried

I am all the time worried. I have that already for a very long time. In the night I often lay awake thinking. I wonder about wether I am good enough as a mother or if my colleges like me, or I am doing my work well enough. Actually I am then happy that the day did not start yet and that I am still in bed.

I often wondered where that fear comes from, because I know it is not real. At least I think so... But I never found out why. Actually I am just all the time worried. Does anybody know this?


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